Foraging Activity

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Stacykins, Aug 8, 2011.

  1. Stacykins

    Stacykins Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 19, 2011
    Escanaba, MI
    I have a question regarding foraging. I notice that my birds (who are allowed to free range now) only really go forage in the morning when they are first let out of their coop, and in the evening, a few hours before sundown. Is this normal? Or do your birds forage during mid day? Temperatures here are pretty cool in general, so the 'heat of the day' isn't blistering. But they still find a nice place to relax or sleep, whether they are sunning themselves or sprawled out in a dust bathing patch.
  2. Buff-Island-Australorp

    Buff-Island-Australorp Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 1, 2011
    Bixby, OK
    Mine only range in the morning and evening. Here in Oklahoma, it's HOT!!!!! There's nothing wrong with your chickens.
  3. daver

    daver Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2011
    Linden, NC
    I've noted that our birds have an aversion to direct sunlight.

    If I let them out in the evening too early they will go to the shady side of the house or the front. Later they will move to the wood line at the back. There is also a willow tree back there that they absolutely love.

    Our evening sun here can be ungodly hot. They will move throughout the day to the shadier spots in the run.

    In the evening I think the bug activity increases. The birds seem to enjoy that last hour of light before bedtime.

  4. kidcody

    kidcody Overrun With Chickens

    Mine also forage first thing in the morning then take a nap, lay a egg, go for a walk over to the fence line (I have ten acres) to see what the neighbors have to offer (treats) walk home, take a dust bath , sit around (visit we each other) then go out and forage before night lock up. I would say they forage about 85 % of the day. [​IMG] Gee, I wish I was a chicken, sound pretty good [​IMG]
  5. hcppam

    hcppam Chillin' With My Peeps

    yes they like to lounge around midday.
  6. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
  7. nanawendy

    nanawendy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2009
    Bellingham Wa
    They have alot of important activities to do in the mid-day... 1) sunbath... 2) nap... 3) dust bath... 4) nap... 5) drink a little... 6) nap ... 7) groom self...8) groom a friend...9) start all over again

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